Past Event

Pride Month: Tash Aw and Abdellah Taïa in Conversation

June 17, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

7pm Paris time | 1pm New York time

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Join us for a conversation between Tash Aw and Abdellah Taïa on storytelling, queer identity, and more as the two writers mark Pride Month. Organised by Columbia Global Centers | Paris and the Institute for Ideas & Imagination. 

Tash Aw headshot

Tash Aw is the author of four critically-acclaimed novels, including, most recently, We, the Survivors, as well as a memoir of a contemporary Chinese-Malaysian family, The Face: Strangers on a Pier. His writing has won numerous honours, including the Whitbread Prize, Commonwealth Prize and an O. Henry Award, as well as being twice longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. His novels have been translated into twenty-three languages. A regular contributor to the New York Times, The Guardian and The London Review of Books, his work has also appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Le Magazine Litteraire, A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, among many others. Aw was a fellow at Columbia’s Institute for Ideas & Imagination from 2018-2019. 

Abdellah Taïa headshot

Abdellah Taïa was born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1973. He is the first Arab writer/filmmaker to publicly declare his homosexuality. He is the author of nine novels written in French, including "Salvation Army" (2006), "An Arab Melancholia" (2008), both translated intoEnglish by Semiotext(e), and "Infidels" (2012) published by Seven Stories Press. His novel “Le jour du Roi" was awarded the prestigious French Prix de Flore in 2010. "Salvation Army", his first movie as a director, is adapted from his eponymous novel. The film was selected for the Venice Film Festival 2013, TIFF 2013, New Directors 2014 and won many international prizes. His novel "A country for dying", translated into English by Seven Stories Press, was published in the USA in 2020 and won the Pen America Translation.